Book Description:

A woman sits beside her father’s bedside as the night ticks away the final hours of his life. As she watches over her father, she relives the past week and the events that brought the family together . . . and she recalls all the weeks before that served to pull it apart.

There has never been anything normal about the lives raised in this house. It seems to her that sometimes her family is so colourful that the brightness hurts, and as they all join together in this time of impending loss she examines how they came to be the way they are and how it came to just be her, the drifter, that her father came home to die with.

But, the middle of five children, the woman has her own secrets . . . particularly the draw that pulled her back to the house when her own life looked set to crumble. And sitting through her lonely vigil, she remembers the thing she saw out in the fields all those years ago . . . the thing that they found her screaming for outside in the mud. As she peers through the familiar glass, she can’t help but hope and wonder if it will come again.

Because it’s one of those night, isn’t it dad? A special terrible night. A full night. And that’s always when it comes. If it comes at all.

My Thoughts: 

This is the third book I have read now by this author and I have to say it’s very different to the other books I have read by her. I mean that in a good way.

Being a novella this is a really quick read. I wouldn’t say it was an easy one though. It deals with some really dark subjects like domestic abuse and death.

In a way you could say I am quite lucky. The closest people I have lost so far have been my grand parents. Even though I saw them when they were dying, I wasn’t in such close contact as the main character in this story. To be there constantly day in, day out watching a loved one dying must be extremely hard. It made me think of what would happen when it comes to my own parents dying so as you can imagine it was quite emotional to say the least.

In a way I think this book prepares you for the inevitable. It also shows how people deal with death differently and how it can bring people together or tear them apart.

A different but interesting read that will no doubt take readers out of their comfort zone.

Goodread rating 4/5 stars.

The Language of Dying is available to purchase from Amazon.



  1. This is one of my all-time favourite books. I first read it in the year after my mum died and I found it so comforting, it really helped me to deal with the way I’d had to watch her suffer. I’ve recommended this to so many people who have looked after a loved one during a terminal illness and most have found it really helpful book. Great review 🙂

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